“Obesity: How Can We Help Our Kids?” Harvard Medical School Commentaries on Health. N.p.: Harvard Health Publications, 2014. Credo Reference. 2 July 2014. Web. 13 Aug. 2014. <http://libproxy.pcc.edu/login?url=http://search.credoreference.com/content/entry/hhphoh/obesity_how_can_we_help_our_kids/0>.
This article cites some statistics and gives six points on how to improve health and to make healthy relationships with food.
It was interesting to see the statistics. There are so many changes that can take place these were directly associated to obesity. If someone searched just this document and made only these changes, I believe that it would produce positive results.
“Healthy eating, healthy kids.” Harvard Health Commentaries. Nov 7, 2006 pNA.
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This article from Harvard Health Commentaries was an easy read with some daily suggestions, not just guidelines for healthy eating.
This article is a quick read with some great suggestions. Anyone could use this as a check list for healthy habits and could create a menu from the suggestions.
“Let’s Move.” ! Whitehouse.gov, n.d. Web. 13 Aug. 2014
This article has an entire plan and plenty of resources to begin and sustain a healthy lifestyle for kids.
This article is the epitome of my research journey in one location. This resource is all-inclusive to the majority of families. If a family, neighborhood, school or community needed a starting point, this would suffice. Further, it speaks to a national audience with programs to enroll in that can result in nationwide recognition of your accomplishments.
The Public Writing
Mrs. Hennelly, Principal
Dear Mrs. Hennelly:
Over the summer I have been volunteering to help my family improve health. The initiative is to help kidsmake healthy choices and practice healthy habits to make healthier future families. During my volunteer time, I have found that, while the children are not obese, they struggle with making healthy food choices every day. I have also found that keeping them on track with food choices and activity is a time intensive task. The family started out by adding an additional vegetable each day for one week. The second week a fresh fruit was added every day in addition to the vegetable added in the first week. A daily walk was added in the third week in addition to any outside playtime at the pool or park or just playing outside. Other activities were not outwardly restricted such as computer or television time as to not bring a negative feeling toward the added activity. Instead the activity was scheduled during an obvious down time such as before or after a meal time, usually lunch. In the fourth week, arts and crafts were added as well as an added 15 minutes of reading. The rest of the summer will be focused on maintaining these healthy habits.
Last week I was introduced to the letsmove.gov website. This is an in-depth program that was initiated by first lady Michelle Obama. I have spent hours reviewing the links and saving and printing the forms to implement into my final weeks of my volunteer service.
Why are healthy kids so important? During my volunteer service I have been dealing with everyday eating and exercising, disease causing two car accidents and accidental death in our family. I have been repeatedly asking myself why health is so important that we as a society, and specifically me volunteering with the Parkvold family spend so much time planning, preparing, scheduling and implementing healthy habits for our children.
I found and answer in an article in the White House Newsroom quoting Mrs. Obama. “The physical and emotional health of an entire generation and the economic health and security of our nation is at stake,” said Mrs. Obama. “This isn’t the kind of problem that can be solved overnight, but with everyone working together, it can be solved. So, let’s move.”
Statistics have shown that the number of obese children in America have increased exponentially over the past several years. Quite frankly and in not such nice words, no one wants to be the fat kid. I don’t want my kids to be the fat kid in a group.
There are many resources out there. letsmove.gov has an incredible step-by-step program that can be used in families, neighborhoods, schools and communities.
The Parkvold family has ?11 children, 7 that still live at home. None of the children are obese. They all enjoy movement of some sort, from sports to gym time to outside play. Still, over the past several weeks, they have increased their fresh fruit and vegetable intake. They have moved more. They have spent more time in meditation and quiet time. I didn’t reduce their weight or increase their speed, but I think I started some healthy habits.
One of the articles I read states, “Remember that healthy habits started in childhood are more likely to be followed throughout life. “
While the school has already begun a nutrition initiative, I implore you to attempt to implement more movement either in school or an initiative in the community to further support the first lady’s Let’s Move program.
If you are interested, please do not hesitate to contact me for a meeting to brainstorm on implementation.
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